Pet Parent Emergency Preparedness + FREE Pet Rescue Alert Window Sticker

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As pet parents, it’s our job to know what to do in an emergency. Are you prepared? This month ASPCA is helping us to get prepared, with tips and information for disaster preparedness month.

None of us likes to think about bad things happening, but it’s important to take the time now to make certain that you and your furry family members have everything you need in case of a life-threatening emergency. One of the best ways to do this is to create a disaster prep safety kit with all of the necessary supplies should any type of disaster affect your community.

To help you create your home’s emergency kit and keep your pets safe, the ASPCA has provided an excellent checklist of items.

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In addition to creating a pet emergency first aid kit, you can also TAKE THE DISASTER PLEDGE and receive a free window sticker that alerts rescue personnel that you have a pet at home.

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Want to learn even more about preparing your home, family and pets for an emergency or natural disaster? Visit ready.gov/animals for tips on Pet and Emergency Planning.

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Pet Emergency and Disaster Preparedness: Free Downloads, Sticker + More #NatlPrep

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September is National Preparedness Month and the perfect time to make sure you know what to do if you and your pets face a disaster or emergency. We’ve put together a short list of great resources, tools, tips and free stuff to help make sure you, your family and the fur kids are prepared and informed of what to do in any situation:

Pet Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Free Resources

 

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Free FEMA Printable: [PDF] Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies 

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Free ASPCA Mobile App: Download here for Apple or Android

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Free Pet Emergency Alert Sticker and Magnet: Request form to get yours

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ASPCA Disaster Preparedness Google+ Hangout: Free Virtual Event with Experts

Thursday, September 18th at 7pm ET — Learn More & RSVP Here

Free ASPCA Mobile App is a Must-Have for Pet Parents!

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Summer fun is in full-swing and the last thing anyone wants to think about is pet safety…but it’s more important than ever to be informed and prepared. Nearly one-in-five lost pets goes missing after being scared by fireworks or other loud noises, so this new pet safety app from ASPCA is particularly timely for the July 4th holiday and summer storms that are commonplace this time of year!

The ASPCA app is available for free download on iPhone and Android and is the must-have app for pet parents and animal lovers. Including a new tool to help reunite pet owners that have lost their pet, the app provides step-by-step instructions on what to do if a pet goes missing, tailored to each specific circumstance and a pet’s individual personality. The ASPCA mobile app will also allow pet parents to store vital medical records, and it will provide information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.

This Pet Safety App features:

  • A personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances. This kit was developed by ASPCA pet care experts and based on the latest field research.
  • The ability to build a lost pet digital flyer that can be shared instantly on social media channels.
  • Access critical advice – even if there’s no data connectivity – on ensuring pet’s safety before, during, and after a major storm or disaster.
  • Store and manage pet’s health records.
  • Timely, relevant updates from the ASPCA about the latest in pet news and animal welfare.
  • Built-in ASPCA Twitter and Instagram feeds.

The app can be downloaded for free on the App Store for iPhone devices and on Google Play for Android devices.

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Ways You Can Help Animals Affected by the Moore Oklahoma Tornado

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The images and video coming out since the tragic tornado that hit Moore, OK show the incredible devastation and can seem overwhelming but there are several organizations and nonprofit groups already on the ground to help people and their pets. If you’d like to help support their work, here are some suggestions and links to get you started:

Team Up For Oklahoma

BlogPaws members are teaming up with World Vets to help collect cash donations to support the needs on site. Donations will be collected by World Vets here through 11:59 PM Tuesday, May 28th.

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Oklahoma City and the City of Moore have launched okclostpets.com, the official site to post notices about lost and found pets in the tornado-stricken area. Post about a pet you’ve lost or found, search the listings, and get the latest information and updates.

Central OK Humane Society

If you’d like to donate directly, the Central Oklahoma Humane Society is keeping the public updated on their most urgent needs and you can visit their blog for more info and link to make a direct donation.

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Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

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PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief provides funding and supplies to animals in need when disaster or emergency strikes. Learn more about this great group and make a donation to help support their work.

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The ASPCA is in contact with local authorities and are prepared to provide disaster recovery expertise and support as they’ve done in so many recent situations. Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for updates and more news and go here to make a much needed donation to support their work with animals in need.

Hurricane Sandy: Resources, Help and Updates for Pet Parents #SandyPets

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Our thoughts are with all of you and your pets that are in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Please stay safe! There are several helpful websites, tools and resources for pet parents so here’s a very quick roundup of links that I thought might be useful:

  • The Red Cross offers info, updates and contact info for people needing aid, on their website RedCross.org. You can also dial “**REDCROSS” (**73327677) from your mobile phone and they will send you a link to download their app or you can download them directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores. The app is free and has useful tools including a shelter finder, storm tracker, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out!
  • The ASPCA is posting updates and information related to Hurricane Sandy and pets here.
  • Google has put together this extensive Hurricane Crisis Map with list of resources and shelter.
  • For everyone on Twitter, follow the hashtag #SandyPets for the latest updates and info on pet-related news during Hurricane Sandy.
  • On their page dedicated to Natural Disasters and Pets, the Humane Society of America is displaying a live Twitter Feed with information and updates from all Sandy related tweets, including where to find shelter and pet-friendly tips. This is very helpful if you don’t have a twitter account. I’ve also included the feed below:
Live Tweets and Updates for Hurricane Sandy and Pets: